Here in Purdue-CS, we have a so-called “Qual 2”, which is an oral exam after the common written qual exam.
I am about to take my Qual 2 sometime end of August, and hopefully pass it once for all. Though my PhD career was delayed by the fact I switched adviser, I’m still hoping to do my prelim by the end of next year. If Chip’s kind enough, he might let me graduate in 2013, and I really hope to get this degree before turning 29.
But for now, I need to focus on my coming exam and the research papers! Be confident!!